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Irish and Scottish ancestors.


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I think Scottish research is easier than Irish because of the survival rate of the records such as PR's and census records. I have got back to the early 1700s on a Scottish line from Selkirkshire. The parish registers go back to 1697.

Irish FH has become easier due to FMP records but they are still just a fraction of the records. I have no known Irish ancestors but I do have a direct ancestor who was in Ireland for many years during the army and his first wife was Irish. I think he was in Ireland in the 1851 census and pre 1901 Irish censuses dont survive, apart from a few fragments.

For instance if you descend from a Patrick Kelly born about 1820 in Ireland who came to England after the famine, you will be lucky to get both his parents names. Often they just gave Ireland as birthplace in the UK censuses.

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